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“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin was famous for sayings like these. He had a way of reminding us of what is self evident in life even though it may not be exactly obvious. When considering our work at the Foundation, it occurred to me recently that one of the most important things we do is give time back to people for whom it has been lost.
For example, in one village where we have invested in access to clean water, it was measured that the average woman in the village had an extra four to five hours a day back in her life because she no longer had to walk for water. Just imagine what she can do with that gift of time.
The Caterpillar Foundation has been given the great privilege not to lift people out of poverty as though they couldn’t do this themselves, but instead, we get to be a part of the journey with these women. The gift of time is one of the most powerful things we can give because it unleashes the natural power of these women to do things…like start businesses, schools and non-for-profits to make their families, their villages and their world a better place. The power of time is about the person receiving the gift more than anything else.
The Caterpillar Foundation believes that together with partners like charity: water, we can make a difference in this space and ultimately, in the lives of the people of Africa.
I’ve invited my friend Scott Harrison from charity: water to share a few words.
This article has been cross-posted from ONE: